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Kauai Macs for Healthy Snack Attacks

Kauai Macs are raw, vegan, GMO-free and gluten-free macaroon cookies. Daniel Lane photo
Kauai Macs are raw, vegan, GMO-free and gluten-free macaroon cookies. Daniel Lane photo

Kauai Macs are raw, vegan, GMO-free and gluten-free macaroon cookies. Daniel Lane photo

Nobu and Melanie Muranaka make tasty and healthy snacks. Despite the name, Kauai Macs are not made with macadamia nuts. “Macs” is short for macaroons. These aren’t your traditional macaroons—filled with coconut, sugar and egg whites then baked. Kauai Macs are raw, vegan, GMO-free and gluten-free macaroon cookies that are pretty filling, too! Nobu and Melanie eliminated sugar to bolster their health and in the process, became inspired to produce their favorite nutritious snack. I have to agree, the cookies are lightly sweet and the nob of dark chocolate on top adds a hint of indulgence. 

Tasting Kauai’s Main Ingredient

Connecting Maris, owner of Verde restaurant with avocado farmer, Linda Yoshii. Daniel Lane photo
Connecting Maris, owner of Verde restaurant with avocado farmer, Linda Yoshii. Daniel Lane photo

Connecting Maris Manzano (in black), owner of Verde restaurant in Kapaa with North Shore avocado farmer, Linda Yoshii (in magenta). Guests meet Maris during our Short Order Kauai Food Tour. Daniel Lane photo

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Nom Breakfast and Burgers Kauai

Mark and Terri Brown, and chef Thomas Fuquay of Nom Breakfast and Burgers. Daniel Lane photo
Mark and Terri Brown, and chef Thomas Fuquay of Nom Breakfast and Burgers. Daniel Lane photo

Mark and Terri Brown, and chef Thomas Fuquay of Nom Breakfast and Burgers. Daniel Lane photo

Thomas Fuquay met Mark and Terri Brown on Craig’s List. Thomas was a chef at The Bistro in Kilauea who wanted to do his own thing. The Browns were foodies who lived on the mainland and wanted to move to Kauai. The three bought a food truck with a commercial kitchen and the name was inspired by a friend.

Tapas at Kukuiula Under New Ownership

Our Kauai Food Tour -South Shore concludes at Kauai's premiere gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kukuiula. Daniel Lane photo
Our Kauai Food Tour -South Shore concludes at Kauai's premiere gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kukuiula. Daniel Lane photo

Our Kauai Food Tour -South Shore concludes at Kauai’s premiere gourmet farmers market at the Shops at Kukuiula. Daniel Lane photo

The grand opening of the new Tapas at Kukuiula restaurant, featuring a traditional Hawaiian blessing by Kapu Kelvin Ho, will be held at the Shops at Kukuiula on Thursday, January 14, 2016 starting at 4:00pm. The Shops at Kukuiula purchased the restaurant from Jean Marie Josselin late in 2015.